A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Swimming in the Rio Grande

Before we go any further, it ain’t happening.  But at least I got your attention.

It looks nice though doesn’t it?  There is a lot of bird life along the river.  We have a very shy Great Blue Heron that visits frequently, a trio of Snowy Egrets and several species of duck including Cinnamon Teal and Northern Shoveler.  There are dozens of very large carp in the water and each morning they roll and splash about beneath the surface making baby carp.

Downstream from camp I discovered what would be a nice swimming hole if the river wasn’t so foul.  Who knows what kind of toxins, pathogens and unknown nasty stuff that is in this water?  Nope.  I don’t care to have a brain eating amoeba entering my system not to say it would find much to eat.

By the sign of the water swept debris caught at the base of this brush high up on the riverbank it seems that the river has been pretty high at some time in the past.

 The other morning I thought I would add to the toxicity of the water. I set my chair up in the shallows to soak and clean my feet.  It did feel nice.  Doing so I discovered just below the surface of the sediment was ooey gooey thick slimy black mud that was very difficult to remove.  Just another reason NOT to go swimming in the Rio Grande River here.


  1. Really a shame the river is so foul. Think how incredible it would be if the water were clean and clear. You did get my attention with the blog title!


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